CDC: Fewer teens choosing to drink and drive

While we often hear about fatal car accidents involving teens who were talking or texting behind the wheel, it appears that drinking and driving among teens is growing less common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of teens who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since 1991.

However, officials warn that drunk driving is still a serious problem in Massachusetts and the rest of the United States. The CDC reported that one in 10 teens admitted to driving after they had been drinking, which amounts to 2.4 million instances per month throughout the country.

Worse news is that 85 percent of the teens who admitted to driving after they had been drinking within the past month said that they did so after consuming five or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time. It’s often these seriously-impaired drivers that cause fatal accidents, experts report.

Even so, the number of teens who drink and drive has dropped by 54 percent since 1991, the CDC reports, which means that parents, tougher laws and anti-drunk driving campaigns must be doing their jobs. What teens need to remember is that it is against the law to drive with any amount of alcohol in their system.

Have you talked to your teen about the dangers of drunk driving? Not only that, have you told them about the serious criminal charges or personal injury lawsuits they could face if they drink and drive? Now would be a great time to do so if you haven’t.

Source: USA Today, “CDC: Teen drinking and driving falls by half,” Chris Woodyard, Oct. 3, 2012